Sending Office: Honorable Anna G. Eshoo
Sent By:
Matthew.McMurray@mail.house.gov

        Request for Signature(s)

Prohibit U.S. Military Operations in Iran in the FY20 NDAA

Current signers: Eshoo, Massie, Barbara Lee, Schakowsky, Lewis, Cicilline, Grijalva, McGovern, Katie Hill, Cohen, Perlmutter, Himes, and Omar

Dear Colleague, 

We invite you to sign our letter to House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith and Ranking Member Mac Thornberry urging them to include language in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 prohibiting U.S. offensive military operations
in the Republic of Iran without Congressional authorization.

To sign on, please contact Matt McMurray in Rep. Eshoo’s office (Matthew.McMurray@mail.house.gov) or Seana Cranston in Rep. Massie’s office (Seana.Cranston@mail.house.gov).

The deadline to sign is COB May 31st.

Sincerely, 

 

Anna G. Eshoo                                               Thomas Massie
Member of Congress                                      Member of Congress

 


June xx, 2019

The Honorable Adam Smith                          The Honorable Mac Thornberry
Chairwoman                                                   Ranking Member
House Armed Services Committee                House Armed Services Committee
2216 Rayburn House Office Building             2216 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515                                  Washington, DC 20515

Dear Chairman Smith and Ranking Member Thornberry,

As the House continues its work on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20), we urge you to include language prohibiting U.S. offensive military operations in the Republic of Iran and prohibiting direct action against Iran
or its proxies without Congressional authorization.

We’re concerned about the recent escalation of tensions between the U.S. and Iran. The Trump Administration’s deployment of the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a bomber task force to the Middle East, along with Iran’s recent threats to resume
higher uranium enrichment have further increased the risk of a military confrontation.

Reports that the White House is considering military plans for war with Iran that include the deployment of 120,000 U.S. troops to the Middle East without notifying and briefing Congressional leaders is equally concerning.

Military action should only be used as a measure of last resort and any decision to do so must first be authorized by Congress which has the sole authority to declare war under Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution. The Committee should make this
clear to President Trump and his national security team.

We once again urge you to include language in the FY20 NDAA prohibiting U.S. offensive military operations in the Republic of Iran and prohibiting direct action against Iran or its proxies without Congressional authorization to ensure any decision to use
military force against Iran is debated and considered by Congress in front of the American people.

Thank you for your consideration of our request. 

Sincerely,

 

Anna G. Eshoo                                               Thomas Massie
Member of Congress                                      Member of Congress

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